Ronaldo confirms Man Utd return is turning into nightmare – and he could leave

Cristiano Ronaldo fears his dream return to Manchester United is in danger of turning into a nightmare.

Ronaldo stunned the world of football last summer when he re-joined United from Juventus in a stunning £12.9m deal that saw him become the highest paid star in the Premier League.

He had been hoping to help United challenge for titles again and return to the top of English football.

But United were forced to sack Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in November and replace him with interim boss Ralf Rangnick, and find themselves languishing in seventh place in the table, 22 points behind league leaders Manchester City.

It has not been the 'homecoming' Ronaldo envisaged – and the Portuguese icon admits he didn't return to Old Trafford to find himself in a team just making up the numbers.

As the Daily Star exclusively revealed earlier this month, Ronaldo is considering his future at United while he waits to discover who the next permanent manager will be.

Ronaldo has refused to commit his future to United past the end of this season – and insists the club should be competing for the title, or be in the top three at least.

The 36-year-old, who is expected to be fit to face Aston Villa this weekend, said: "I'm not going to look in the future, I look in the present. The present is now. The moment is now.

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"Manchester United belongs in important things, so we have to change.I do not want to be here in a club to fight for sixth place or seventh place or fifth.

"Manchester United should win the league or be in second or third. I don't see other positions for Manchester United, to be honest.

"In my heart, I don't accept that our mentality can be less than to be in the top three in the Premier League in my opinion.

"I'm here to try to win, to compete. I think we compete, but we are not yet in our best level. We have a long way to go to improve."

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